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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ri′bonucle′ic ac′id(n.)

  1. Category: Biochemistry

    Ref: See RNA.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ribonucleic acid, RNA(noun)

    (biochemistry) a long linear polymer of nucleotides found in the nucleus but mainly in the cytoplasm of a cell where it is associated with microsomes; it transmits genetic information from DNA to the cytoplasm and controls certain chemical processes in the cell

    "ribonucleic acid is the genetic material of some viruses"


  1. ribonucleic acid(Noun)

    A derivative of DNA having ribose in place of deoxyribose, and uracil in place of thymine; its primary function is in the transcription of genetic material and subsequent synthesis of protein.


  1. Ribonucleic Acid

    A nucleic acid molecule similar to DNA but containing ribose rather than deoxyribose. RNA is formed upon a DNA template. There are several classes of RNA molecules. They play crucial roles in protein synthesis and other cell activities. (


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